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With Safety in Mind, UM Continues Ban on Hoverboards in All Buildings

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    Due to more reports of fires associated with electronic skateboards and self-balancing scooters, such as Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, and Skywalkers, the University of Miami is continuing to temporarily ban all such devices from inside all University-owned and operated buildings, including all on-campus housing facilities, recreational centers, libraries, classrooms, and laboratories.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), whose former chairman issued a strong statement about these devices last year, is investigating why some models catch fire during the charging stage and others while in use. CPSC experts are looking particularly closely at the battery packs and chargers for the devices.

    Based on the increasing number of serious injuries and emergency room visits associated with these products, the commission also is investigating falls associated with hoverboards.   

    Fire officials in the city of Coral Gables and other local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) also have recommended that these devices not be operated, stored, and/or charged inside of buildings.

    In light of the fire safety concerns, the University ban will remain in effect until improved safety standards for all models of these devices are in place and have been approved by the CPSC and the AHJs.

    The University’s priority is to protect its students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors from any potential threats. Help keep the University safe by removing this hazard from our community.

    For more information, contact Fire Safety Manager Christine Daley at [email protected].


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